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    Ann Blackbourn



    Breckland District Councillor

    Ann was elected for the first time to both the Town Council and Breckland Council in May 2023, covering Castle Ward on both Councils.

    Now retired, Ann was a teacher in special educational needs and early years teaching. She enabled parents and children to access the support they were entitled to, although without that support parents were frequently denied this. She has supported undergraduates, who were training to become teachers, in their studies into special educational needs. Ann has also worked with parents and support agencies putting plans in place in order that children were able to continue with their education in appropriate settings.

    Ann said “I have four daughters who were all raised in Thetford that have now all moved away as the opportunities locally weren’t there when they left university. Thetford has long term plans and I want to be able to influence those plans, especially for children and families. I’ve been involved with a Sure Start centre and would love these to return as they are a badly missed resource”.

    Locally, Ann has opened her garden in support of the Thetford Open Gardens event, raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. She enjoys walking, particularly around Thetford Forest and the river with her two dogs. Ann is keen to hear from local residents about any concerns and issues and happy to answer any queries.

    On the Town Council Anne is a member of the Planning Committee, the Finance & Personnel Committee and the Heritage and Events Committee. On Breckland Council Anne sits on the Licencing Committee and is the Council’s representative to the Charles Burrell Museum and sites on the Breckland Area Museums Committee.

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